Dark Awakening

A sci-fi romance novel by author, Karlene Cameron

What Fishing Taught Me About Marketing my Romance Novel

Karlene Cameron fishing

My dad used to say you could tell a lot about a man by playing a game of Monopoly with him, hanging Christmas lights together and watching a man fish.

Hanging Christmas lights as a couple is a subject for a whole other blog, and if you’ve ever played a game of Monopoly with your significant other and are still together, then you’ve figured that one out. Continue reading “What Fishing Taught Me About Marketing my Romance Novel”

Want to Sell Your Book to Hollywood? Create a LOGLINE

Such a great article that helps take a bit of the mystery out of how to go from printed book to the big screen! Anyone else thinking ‘movie rights?’

The Book Publicist

By Scott Lorenz

Westwind Communications Book Marketing

If you want to sell your book to Hollywood it’ll help to think like Hollywood producers and directors. Since everybody is so busy these days you’ll have to boil down your book to a quick pitch that answers the question: What is your book about?

Think about it, do you have a one-sentence summation of your book to tell others? Do you have the main elements of the story composed together? If not, you need a logline.

A logline is a one or two sentence description that boils down the essential dramatic narrative in as succinct a manner as possible, says James Burbidge on

According to John Robert Marlow, author of Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood, “If you want to turn your book into a movie then understand that the people who represent and…

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4 Tips to Find Inspiration in the 9-to-5 Rat Race of Corporate America

clock-killing-creativesSociety is based on a 9-to-5 rigor I’ve never quite mastered. While the work day seems to come alive over morning coffee, boardroom meetings and teams of problem solvers gathering to solve the next big challenge, I’m still dusting away the cobwebs of sleep deprivation from a late night of writing.

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Four Things You Can Learn from Romance Novels Even If You Hate Them

Great article that highlights 4 things readers can learn from romance novels, proving there is a place for romance novels on the shelves of any library!

Elizabeth Drakes's Site

Sadly, I’ve seen  a lot of people say they hate romance novels since joining social media. Some even proclaiming romance has no place in movies or television. When pressed for the reason why, it tends to come back to “I never get the guy/girl, so I don’t want to see someone who’s got everything get him/her.”


A part of me says welcome to Hollywood. I can’t think of the last movie I saw where the heroine wasn’t amazingly beautiful, thin, and with perfect hair.

This is why I love romance novels. There the heroines come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The heroes, too. Depending one what you read, cowboys, bikers, and billionaires are all there. So are teachers, dragons, and knights. seriously, whatever you particular interest is, there is someone out there writing it. But, you have to look.

Here’s something I’m not sure the people saying they hate…

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Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow. . .(Or Does It?)

KarleneCameronI grew up hearing those profound words from my father. At the time, I didn’t think much about what it meant. I assumed everyone worked in satisfying careers they loved.

Oh, the innocence of youth. Continue reading “Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow. . .(Or Does It?)”

3 Tips to Ensure Your Sci-Fi Romance Novel is a Heart-Throbbing Page Turner

RomanticSci-FiDarkAwakeningWhile there is no straight cut formula for writing a great romance novel, there are some basic things you should do to ensure your readers are left wanting more.  Continue reading “3 Tips to Ensure Your Sci-Fi Romance Novel is a Heart-Throbbing Page Turner”

5 Traits of an Epic Villain That Will Pull Your Readers In

Villain and Dark Awakening

A great villain could be one of the most difficult characters to develop while at the same time remaining one of the most important for an epic style sci-fi romance novel. A well-developed villain intensifies the magnet of the conflict in a story. And let’s face it, a diabolical, sinister villain is a heck of a fun character to create.

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Get a Sneak Peek into Dark Gathering, the Much-Anticipated Sequel to Dark Awakening



For those of you eagerly anticipating the sequel to Dark Awakening, set your sights on the Chihuahuan desert and Naica mountain in sunny Mexico.

What makes this setting so perfect for Dark Gathering? Continue reading “Get a Sneak Peek into Dark Gathering, the Much-Anticipated Sequel to Dark Awakening”

Deleted Prologue from Dark Awakening


Dark Awakening started out with a very different beginning from the one many of you read. In fact, by the time Dark Awakening went to the publisher, the book was over 103,000 words—in other words, (no pun intended!)—too long! After some consultation with my publisher, Black Velvet Seductions, we decided to cut the prologue. (Spoiler Alert: parts of the prologue eventually make its way into the body of the story (the beauty of time travel!), so it wasn’t completely lost.

But, for those who want to know how Dark Awakening originally began, here’s the prologue you never read:

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